Coventry, West Midlands - Frankly, I thought the idea was low-voltage insanity. The signature feature of the original Jaguar E-Type was the untamed growl of its magnificent XK straight-six engine; take that away and all you’ve got is a very pretty golf cart.
But apparently a lot of people disagreed with me after the original concept for ‘the most beautiful electric car in the world’ was first shown at the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest in September 2017 - and even more after Prince Harry drove his new bride to their wedding reception in it in May 2018 (since it was something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue - all in one!).
So now Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works will be offering for sale bespoke, fully restored original E-Types converted to full electric power or, alternatively, they’ll convert your own existing E-Type to electric motorvation. In either case, the conversion involves no modifications to the original chassis, so it’s completely reversible.
How it’s done:
Jaguar has raided the I-Pace parts bin and put together an electric powertrain with single-speed reduction gear specifically for the E-type, powered by a 40kWh battery which is about the same size and weight as the original engine. It takes about seven hours to recharge from flat and Jaguar is targeting a planned range of more than 270km.